Iowa lawmakers continue to support Governor Terry Branstad's efforts to make the state more attractive to veterans. Under a bill moving through the Iowa House, veterans could receive preferential treatment in the hiring and promotion decisions of private businesses. The Veterans Affairs Committee approved a measure Tuesday that would allow private sector employers to grant preference to veterans when deciding who to hire or promote. The bill now goes to the House floor. State government already can give hiring preference to veterans. The bill clarifies that it is legal for the private sector to do so as well.